Malones presents a mini-festival of live music for skint Fringe-goers, in association with PBH’s Free Fringe. Monday’s lunchtime offering is from Melbourne’s singer-songwriter Todd Cook. An acoustic guitar/digeridoo combo opens the set in style, and Cook soon introduces his vocals into the mix, revealing gorgeous pure tones, finest in the top of his range. His songs are endearingly personal, like journal entries of his homeland experience, including an almost fatal bush fire. Cook’s list of musical accomplishments increases throughout the set, as he adds a mouth organ to give a raw, Springsteen-esque edge to his acoustic melodies. Tip for promoters: give Cook a late performance slot; his talent warrants a packed-out bar of cheering spectators.
Malones Irish Bar, 3-27 August, 12.00pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Christy Brown]